This is the first prototype for the Druve Machine, a drum sampler for steering wheels. The instrument was made in two weeks as one of my projects on my blog: 2week-instrument.tumblr.com.
There are three buttons for cuing different samples and the two knobs both control sound bank switching. The instrument was programmed in Arduino and the code is based of a Lady Ada tutorial I tweaked and messed with.
I spent most of the two weeks battling to get the wave shield working (a chip that plugs into the top of the Arduino and stores sounds) so that I could have this instrument be self-sufficient - meaning, it doesn't have to plug into a computer to work.
Unfortunately, because of this, I didn't get to spend as much time as I wanted to on the design of it. So I will be making a second prototype (probably sometime in late June) that will be much more integrated and less clunky.
It's going to involve more soundbanks, a steering wheel cover, pressure sensors, and a sound card (so that the instrument and music from the radio can be played simultaneously).
Thank you! Feel free to ask any questions.
For more information view my blog 2week-instrument.com
And Special thanks to Jessica Giacobbe for filming.